UIW Community Newsletter - September 13, 2019


Employee Campaign

This week, UIW officially kicked off the 2019 Employee Campaign with super-hero themed kick off parties at the University's various campuses. 

UIW employees pose for a photo wearing superhero masks and capes

The Employee Campaign brings together our UIW family as faculty and staff combine their efforts to chart the course for a brighter future for our students.

UIW employees pose for a photo wearing superhero masks and capes

Your gift nurtures the philanthropic spirit of UIW and enhances quality to build on UIW's standard of excellence. It is never about the size of the gift, but the power of the combined efforts of faculty, staff and administration together. Every gift makes a difference in shaping the professional and personal lives of our students.

Click here to make your contribution today!

UIW employees stand in front of a super hero themed photo backdrop. They are wearing masks and capes, and extended their arms in front of them in a superhero pose.


Meet the Mission

On Friday, Sept. 6, the UIW community gathered for the 14th annual Meet the Mission. 

Volunteers came together for a time of prayer and reflection before starting their day of service.

Volunteers look at the camera smiling while holding tools like paint brushes

Organized teams of students traveled with faculty to sites such as SAMM Ministries, the SA Food Bank, Travis Park Methodist Church which has a program for the homeless, Salvation Army and Visitation House for homeless and abused women and children, to give back to the community. 

UIW volunteers stand in a group listening to instructions from a leader

Thank you to all who participated for the profound impact you made in the lives of others!

Our Lady’s Chapel Services

All are welcome

  • Noon mass Monday - Friday
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation, 11:30 a.m. Fridays or by appointment with Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T. at
    (210) 829-3131 or

CCVI Jubilee - Celebrating 150 Years

We invite you to celebrate 150 years of blessings at the following events:

  • November 1, 2019
    8:30 am — Morning Prayer, Chapel of the Incarnate Word, followed by an unveiling of a “150” commemorative plaque in the Incarnate Word Cemetery, honoring our deceased Sisters.
    6:00 pm — Eucharist in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word honoring our “great cloud of witnesses” (deceased Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word).
  • November 3, 2019
    3:00 pm — Concert by “Chanticleer” all-male vocal ensemble — Chapel of the Incarnate Word.
  • November 23, 2019
    3:00 pm — Celebrate the annual “Light the Way” with the University of the Incarnate Word.
  • December 3, 2019
    6:00 pm — Eucharist celebrated with CHRISTUS Santa Rosa, remembering the first Mass celebrated at Santa Rosa Infirmary on this day in 1869 — Chapel of the Incarnate Word.

Celebrate the CCVI Jubilee and support their ministries by purchasing their 2019 medal. Medals may be purchased all year at the CCVI International Support Office (The Generalate - 4503 Broadway) or in Sr. Kathleen Coughlin's (SEC 2053).

CCVI Fiesta Medal


MIW @ UIW: A Music Industry Workshop

An image of UIW's recording studio with sound boards and TV screens, a drum set and audio speakers

MIW @ UIW will bring music industry professionals and educators together to share their knowledge and experience with students who are interested in pursuing a career in music business.

Event activities include:

  • Free breakfast tacos in the morning and refreshments throughout the day
  • A music industry trade show with vendor tables representing many music-related businesses and organizations including the Texas Music Office, Sam Ash Music Stores, GRAMMY U, Studio M, TuneCore, and more!
  • Networking with fellow musicians and music industry pros
  • Panel discussions on songwriting and publishing (with several successful Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriters and publishers) and recording and producing (with several Grammy Award-winning engineer/producers)
  • A presentation on music industry education programs
  • “Five-on-One” intimate discussion groups with panelists and other music pros.
  • Musical performances by Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriters

Click here for more information about the workshop. 

Hispanic Heritage Month Events

The Hispanic Heritage Month Committee is excited and proud to provide various events, activities, and learning opportunities to the UIW community in celebration of the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central & South America. Hispanic Heritage Month will be celebrated at UIW from Monday, Sept. 16 through Tuesday, Oct. 15. Please see below for a full list of events. 

Hispanic Heritage Month Schedule of Events 2019

  • September 16: Salsa Competition, 1-3 p.m., Westgate Circle
  • September 17: HHM Ecumenical Prayer Service, 12 p.m., Our Lady's Chapel
  • September 18: “No Mexicans, Women, or Dogs Allowed” A Discussion on Racism and Sexism, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Library Auditorium
  • September 18: Real Talk, 3 p.m., SEC 2050
  • September 19: Loteria Night, 6-9 p.m., Red's Pub
  • September 23: La Historia de Cesar Chavez, 12 p.m.-1:15 p.m., Library Auditorium
  • September 26: Juntos Aprendemos Mentorship Social, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. , SEC 2051
  • September 28: Taco Cabana Hispanic Heritage Football Game (v. Abilene Christian), 6 p.m., Benson Stadium
  • September 30: "Borders and Identity" A Discussion with Norma Cantu, 5:30 p.m., Library Auditorium
  • October 1: Talavera , 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., SEC Concourse
  • October 1: National Night Out. 4 p.m.-7 p.m., Benson Stadium
  • October 2: DiversiTea, 3 p.m., SEC Café
  • October 3: Dia De Paz, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Red's pub
  • October 11: Latinos in the Sciences, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., SEC 2050
  • October 14: Put Your Piece Into The Puzzle , 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Red's Pub
  • October 15: Barrio Bash, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., Dubuis Lawn

For more information, please email Teofilo Reyes at

Community News

Oaxaca Health Mission Trip

UIW’s Ettling Center for Civic Leadership & Sustainability is the lead coordinator for the UIW campus community as part of a collaborative partnership with CHRISTUS Health and Los Quijotes of San Antonio-Health Ambassadors. This annual health mission to the southern part of Mexico focuses on serving the indigenous population of the State of Oaxaca. Over the past four years, the Ettling Center has coordinated over one hundred members of the campus community comprising of faculty, staff, and students from optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, nursing, community health, nutrition, engineering and business.

A UIW volunteer performs an eye exam on a little boy sitting on his mother's lap

Since the University's participation in this initiative in 2015, 12,198 patients have been seen and provided with 22,507 medical procedures, with the government health services of Oaxaca and the varied health professions provided by Los Quijotes of San Antonio-Health Ambassadors.

UIW volunteers wearing scrubs pose for a group photo

Since the University’s involvement in the Oaxaca Heath Mission in partnership with Los Quijotes of San Antonio-Health Ambassadors, it has been estimated that over $6,114,926 in volunteer, medical, and educational services have been provided in serving the indigenous residents of the Greater Oaxaca, Mexico and surrounding areas. 

UIW volunteers sit with a man who listens to them speak. On the table in front of them are samples of healthy foods.

Sr. Dot's Legacy

As the week nears its end, the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership & Sustainability would like to pause to recognize and honor the five year anniversary of Sr. Dorothy "Dot" Ettling's passing.  Sr. Dot's kind, valiant and graceful spirit provided the strong foundation for what the Center currently is today. As another season approaches and warm smiles fill the campus, the legacy of Sr. Dot continues to grow. From the heartlands of Tanzania, Africa to the coasts of Palo Alto, California, Sister's amazing work and dedication to service continues to find new homes in the hearts of many. 

Flowers are laid at Sr. Dot's grave

Students laid flowers near Sr. Dot's resting place and many amazing accounts were shared with those who had the pleasure of learning about Sister for the first time. Like today, and every day forward, we celebrate the life of an amazingly resilient global citizen. We thank you Sr. Dot for everything you have contributed to our University, our city and undeniably, our globe. You're dearly missed. 

CHASS Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series: Gilbert King

Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize winner in general nonfiction, returned to the University of the Incarnate Word on Wednesday, Sept. 11 to speak on his latest book, Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room.  His presentation was sponsored by the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences as its annual Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series.

Attendees of the Gilbert King lecture pose for a photo with Gilbert King

King, whose classic work, Devil in the Grove, won the Pulitzer in 2013, spoke at UIW in 2014.  His latest work, which came out last year, has been described by Jeffrey Toobin in the New York Times as one told with “grace and sensitivity and his narrative never flags.”

Gilbert King sits at a table and speaks to a woman standing to meet him

UIW students and employees, as well as members of the San Antonio community, listened to King speak about his work and the themes of racism, police brutality, a corrupt justice system and class inequality. After the lecture, King met with attendees and signed copies of his book.   

Gilbert King stands behind a podium and delivers his lecture

Sept. 11 Ecumenical Service

On Wednesday, Sept. 11, the UIW community gathered in Our Lady's Chapel for a moment of reflection and prayer. As attendees entered the chapel, they walked under "The Flag of Heroes", a U.S. flag with the names of emergency service personnel who gave their lives to save others on 9/11.

UIW police officers stand at the front of the chapel

UIW's 9/11 service offers our community an opportunity to prayerfully reflect on the tragedy and the challenges of creating a more peaceful world. Cardinals of all faiths came together in memory of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2011, and to stand in solidarity with one another.

A woman stands behind a podium and speaks

RSO Low Vision Rehabilitation Club Presentation

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, Dr. Paul Freeman, diplomate in Low Vision Rehabilitation and editor of the online journal of Optometric Clinical Practice, gave a presentation to the RSO Low Vision Rehabilitation Club. The presentation explained what low vision rehabilitation is and how optometrists can help the blind and visually impaired remain independent. 

A group of students pose for a photo with Dr. Paul Freeman

Career Services: Professional Development Day

A woman stands at the front of a classroom and speaks as students sitting listen

Career Services hosted a presentation about how to network and dress professionally on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The event included the opportunity for students to engage in one-on-one resume reviews. Thank you, Career Services, for your commitment to student success!

UIW employees sit at a check-in table

Black Student Orientation

On Thursday, Sept.12, the Black Student Orientation Committee hosted the 2019 Black Student Orientation. This year's theme was, Connecting Campus and Community to Create Advocates for Change. The committee's goal is to ensure that all students on campus are aware of the various resources and agencies available in and around our campus, and to help them make connections with community and campus leaders to create partnerships. All students who attended were encouraged to leave with one person/agency, faculty or staff member from the community who they plan to connect with. 

A student speaks into a microphone as she drapes her arm around her friend's shoulders

Ryker Penn Thesis Defense

On Thursday, Sept. 12, Ryker Penn presented a defense of his thesis titled Investigation of P-Glycoprotein (PGP) Induction by PGP Substrates to Induce Paclitaxel Resistance in Ovarian Cancer Cells. Ryker's thesis committee chair is Dr. Helen Smith.

Ryker Penn poses for a photo at his thesis defense 

Department News

A Message from Lisa Bazley, Vice President of Information Resources & CIO: Summer-Fall 2019 Highlights of Libraries & IT

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  • Hello to Cardinal Apps
  • Heightened Cyber Security Threats Lead to Heightened Information Security Practices
  • Website Phase II project has begun
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  • What are Engage & GivePulse?
  • Canvas Learning Management System Pilot
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  • New Wide-Area Network (WAN) 
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  • Take Advantage of EDUROAM Wi-Fi 

Athletic News

UIW men's soccer players run down the field

UIW volleyball players stand in a line with their hands over their hearts for the national anthem

Headshots of UIW's new baseball coaches

The women's soccer team gathers for a team huddle